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Gabe Norwood in 2007


This was one of my first shots of Gabe Norwood when he was first recruited by the Philippine National Basketball Team in 2007 (I was also just starting out as a Sports Photographer that time). The team participated in the 4-Nation Manila Invitational Basketball Tournament in San Juan Arena which includes teams from China, Syria and Lebanon.

More photos of the Team Pilipinas 2007

Gabe Norwood has come a long way since 2007, first is the recent PBA Governors Cup where Rain or Shine won their 1st PBA title and also first Championship of Norwood in the PBA. Now, he is leading Smart Gilas 2 in the Jones Cup with a 5-1 record after beating Iran. Norwood has been known for his all-around skills in offense and defense, and now Norwood has become a clutch player for the Philippine Team.

Updates on the Jones Cup 2012

Good Luck Smart Gilas 2!

My Smart Gilas Journey


The first time I shot the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team was an Exhibition game against Powerade Team Pilipinas on October 2009. View pics here Smart Gilas vs Powerade Team Pilipinas. Smart Gilas trashed the Powerade Team Pilipinas composed of PBA players and from there I became a big fan of Smart Gilas and knew that the program will flourish but I also knew that it will not happen overnight.

Coach Rajko Toroman

Then from there since I was already shooting in the PBA, I also photographed some of the Smart Gilas games and here I saw that the Smart Gilas players who have no professional experience are already at par with the PBA players as they finished 3rd place in the PBA Commissioners Cup. View some of my Smart Gilas in the PBA pics here Smart Gilas vs Derby Ace Llamados and Smart Gilas vs San Miguel

Mac Baracael

After their PBA stint, Philippines hosted the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup where Smart Gilas played against teams from Asia with 2 Imports each. This tournament showed how far the Smart Gilas program has become against powerhouse teams from Asia. This is also my first time to shoot an International Tournament. View some pics here Smart Gilas vs Duhok Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos | Smart Gilas vs Syria Photos | Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos

JV Casio

Then my most memorable shoot with Smart Gilas was versus the NBA All-Stars during the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend, this was a dream come true, shooting NBA stars against our Philippine National Basketball Team. A once in a lifetime event that I was truly grateful to shoot. I have not posted all my pictures from the event since I shot so many photos but here’s the Smart Gilas vs NBA Photos Set 1

Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter

Then the last 2 games that I shot was the Smart Gilas Exhibition Games against Qatar and Jordan before they left for Wuhan, China. View the Smart Gilas Exhibition pics here Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos

Next time, I hope I am able to shoot Smart Gilas in an International Tournament in another Country.

Japeth Aguilar

Even though I was disappointed with the way the team ended the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, I think that this current team laid the foundation for our next Philippine National Basketball Team, I just hoped we learned a lot in those three years of the Smart Gilas program and apply everything that we have learned. My favorite coach, Rajko Toroman may or may not be extended but I will continue to Support the next Smart Gilas team!

Thank you to all the Players, Coaching Staff and all the people who contributed to the team in any way, specially to Smart and MVP.

Thank you to those who visited my sites about Smart Gilas
Smart Gilas Latest News and Updates
Smart Gilas Pilipinas Photos

Thank you Smart Gilas Pilipinas!

2011 FIBA Asia Championship

The Road to 2012 London Olympics starts here at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. Even though we hit a snag even before the start of the tournament when Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter were declared ineligible to play, the Philippine National Basketball Team is in good shape by beating UAE and Bahrain convincingly and even if we lost to China, we never backed down and had a good game specially in the 2nd half against the home team and against the tallest team in the FIBA Asia Tournament.

In the second round starting Monday, September 19, we go up against Jordan, Japan and Syria. I know we can beat these three teams (Only Japan team is playing strong) and if Smart Gilas wins all games in the 2nd round, we have a bigger chance of advancing to the semifinals by facing an opponent in the lower bracket in the quarterfinals then from there all games will be win or go home.

Read more about FIBA Asia Championship
Smart Gilas FIBA Asia Championship Roster
FIBA Asia Championship Smart Gilas 2nd Round Schedule

Smart Gilas in the PBA

I am excited that Smart Gilas will participate in the PBA Commissioners Cup as a guest team. It is time that the millions of basketball fans will get to see our Philippine National Basketball Team live (or on TV) against our favorite PBA teams/players.

We can also validate if the system of Coach Rajko Toroman will work against taller and more experienced players.

Smart Gilas Lineup for PBA Commissioners Cup

Smart Gilas PBA Commissioners Cup Schedule

Good luck to Smart Gilas in the PBA.

Team Pilipinas 2007

The first time I shot the Philippine National Basketball Team was in 2007, they were called Team Pilipinas and was coached by Chot Reyes. A 4-Nation Manila Invitational Basketball Tournament was held in Arena in San Juan on July 2007. The teams that participated were Philippines, China, Syria and Lebanon.

Some shots from the Philippines vs Syria Game

View all photos at my flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmtan/sets/72157600838246580/